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Herb-Crusted Smoky Pumpkin Vegan Cheddar Wheel
Herb-Crusted Smoky Pumpkin Vegan Cheddar Wheel
Prep Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
 
This smokey vegan cheddar cheese wheel is covered in a savory herb crust and made with a deliciously spreadable base of creamy cashews and pumpkin!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Alissa
Ingredients
For the Vegan Cheddar Wheel
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil*
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste, if needed
For the Herb Crust
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. To make the vegan cheddar wheel, place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl as needed. Season the mixture with salt to taste.
  2. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper, and then transfer cashew mixture to the cake pan, spreading it out evenly.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator until set (about 4 hours). It should be a bit firmer than your typical cream cheese.
  4. While the cheese wheel chills, combine the herbs in a small bowl.
  5. Invert the cheese wheel onto a dish and remove parchment paper. Press herbs onto the surface. Serve with bread or crackers.
Recipe Notes

I used unrefined coconut oil, and the coconut flavor was very subtle -- nobody could detect it until I pointed it out. If you want to avoid the coconut flavor altogether, use a refined coconut oil.

Nutrition Facts
Herb-Crusted Smoky Pumpkin Vegan Cheddar Wheel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.1g31%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 11.2g4%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 6.5g13%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.